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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Rita Maud GERSCH / SHEPPARD

Born 23 August 1925 in Clarence Park, South Australia [55]
Daughter of "Ernest" Heinrich Ernst GERSCH and "Louise" Augusta Johanne Louise HANDTKE [P88]
Left South Australia with her mother and siblings Lawrence, Gladys and Edgar and arrived in Western Australia in May 1931 [P88]
Resided with her parents in Caron, West Perenjori in 1933 and 1934 [19]
By 1935 had shifted with her parents to Gregorfields Farm in Winchester and resided there 1935-1942 [25] [P88]
Admitted as a student of the Winchester State School on 4 February 1935 [25]
     One day in the lunch break at the Winchester School she became stuck down a well the schoolchildren were digging [P89]
     After a time in the well Ian STRAITON went down the well and heaved her up while the others pulled from the top [P89]
Won 2nd prizes for Writing and Needlework at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in Coorow on 5 September 1935 [5: 13-Sep-1935]
Also won 2nd prizes for Writing and Needlework at the Carnamah Agricultural Show a week later on 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Performed in the Winchester State School's Concert at the Winchester School on Saturday evening 14 December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
     Herself and Betty G. MULLIGAN sang the song "Peter Rabbit" and during presentations she received the prize for Standard I [5]
Attended the Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 14 November 1936 as a "Japanese Lady" [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Exhibited in the Educational section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park in Coorow on 2 September 1937 [5]
     Received a 1st prize for Writing and 2nd prizes for a Pencil Drawing, Design Drawing and Needlework [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1941 [0: image 04054]
During some of the war helped her father put in his crop by driving the tractor while her father was on the implement [P3]
Later worked for and resided with William DAVISON at his bakery at 21 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [P50]
Helped run the Carnamah Presbyterian Church's Sunday School in 1945 [0: image 04384]
Married "Rob" Robert Falcon SHEPPARD in Carnamah on 19 March 1946 [0: image 04391]
Her husband was a descendant of the NAIRN family who had pioneered NooloolooStation in what became the Carnamah district [P3]
Resided with her husband on Redbank Farm in Dudawa, East Arrino 1946-1979[P354]
In 1979 they shifted from their farm to a house on Williamson Street in the Three Springs townsite [P354]
Passed away at the age of 77 years at the Craigville Nursing Home in the Perth suburb of Melville [24]
Mother of Wendy, Robert and Robin [P354]
Died 7 March 2003 in the Perth suburb of Melville; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Catholic, Plot 179) [24]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Rita Maud Gersch / Sheppard' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/rita-maud-gersch [reference list]




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